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Bell's Java Stout - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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very good

2,567 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,567
Reviews: 1,054
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 139
Gots: 207 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-11-2001)
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4/5  rDev +2%

dav, Dec 10, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2%

nmann08, Dec 09, 2011
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5/5  rDev +27.6%

nickhiller, Dec 09, 2011
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5/5  rDev +27.6%

jak, Dec 09, 2011
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

iemailjack, Dec 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2%

mychalg9, Dec 08, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2%

Exiled, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Close to, if not totally, black. Head is a darker tan that quickly dissipates to a tiny ring. Almost no lacing to be had. Pours on the thick and heavy side. Very still.

Smell: Coffee and loads of it. Fresh ground, whole bean, and fresh brewed coffee all make an appearance. Tons of chocolate too. Cocoa takes the forefront with the coffee. Some sweeter notes round out the back. Any hopping is covered over and undetectable. Burnt malts and a touch of char and smoke.

Taste: Sweeter than the nose would have indicated. Big boozy fruity component. Coffee beans and day old coffee. Cocoa and roasted malts. Loads of burnt character. The aftertaste runs to chocolate covered coffee beans. Pure coffee onslaught complete with coffee breath.

Mouthfeel: Somehow full and watery at the same time. Carbonation is almost non-existent. Borders on syrupy at times. Dry on the finish. Smooth as all get out.

Overall: Almost too aggressive on the coffee. I can only imagine what fresh must do. I'm pretty sure it's coffee with a time lapse malt/alcohol tab that dissolves over a 2 week bottle condition. Nice, but definitely a bit overbalanced on the coffee.

Goblinmunkey7, Dec 08, 2011
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5/5  rDev +27.6%

IPx, Dec 07, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2%

xxcarpxx, Dec 07, 2011
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2/5  rDev -49%

2Shaws, Dec 07, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2%

RyanPS, Dec 07, 2011
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3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoy this Java Stout. The coffee is so prominent, which is extremely enjoyable to me. I've had many coffee as an ingredient beers but this one it truly is the feature ingredient.

It pours black with some spotty lacing on an off-white head. It smells like coffee, coffee, and more coffee. There are some caramel notes in this as well.

The taste is malty and full of coffee. It also has some caramel and vanilla but just a touch. It is robust and reminds me of a heavily roasted bean. Truly enjoyable.

robboyd, Dec 07, 2011
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5/5  rDev +27.6%

Lantern, Dec 06, 2011
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2.25/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

First review for me. Can't get over the overwhelming taste/aroma of generic coffee beans. Seriously, mouth feel appearance etc. are all put aside due to being a coffee snob as well. The taste was like drinking a mixture of some crappy coffee like "choc full of nuts" and carbonation. If you like drinking gas station coffee then you might enjoy the heartiness. The texture is actually what I would expect from a full-bodied brew, and low head with slow tracing would all be appealing if I didn't have to deal with aforementioned crap coffee taste and aftertaste.

danglero, Dec 06, 2011
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4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black as night, there is no light getting through this one. The head dissipates into the beer quickly, leaving a medium tan around the edges with minimal lacing.

S: Oh wow! I thought I knew what roast smelled like until I smelled this beer. This is roasty! I home-roast my own green coffee beans, and this smells EXACTLY like roasting coffee beans. It's amazing how they were able to pull this off. I get the smell of the roast, the bean, and even the husk!

T: Roast dominates the taste, but thats not all there is. There is a background sweetness that tastes a bit like baker's chocolate or cacao nibs.

M: Moderate carbonation and a full body really add depth to this experience.

D: This is a sipper, I love to examine how this beer changes over the course of an hour or two.

tlazaroff, Dec 06, 2011
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2/5  rDev -49%

leinie13, Dec 06, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2%

bespin15, Dec 05, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2%

cmsimeur, Dec 03, 2011
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5/5  rDev +27.6%

jz989, Dec 02, 2011
Bell's Java Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
88 out of 100 based on 2,567 ratings.